#inspirationMW – Bloomsbury and the Old Masters

by charlestonattic

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Clockwise from top left: CHA-P-728-R, CHA-P-727-R, CHA-P-726-R. Photographs © The Charleston Trust

Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant regularly studied Old Master paintings in museums and exhibitions across Europe, a practice that both enriched their knowledge of art history and provided inspiration for their own works. Grant’s teacher, the painter Simon Bussy, stressed the importance of copying from the Old Masters, and numerous renditions can be found within the Angelica Garnett Gift. Alongside their own works, photographic reproductions can be found too, having been snipped out of the newspaper or pilfered from a book. These three sketches were made by Grant after Titian’s Venus of Urbino, seen by the artist on a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.